Imo Resident Electoral Commissioner , Prof . Francis Ezeonu has disclosed that the commission still has 500 , 525 unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs ) from Imo State in its custody .
According to him, out of over 380 , 000 cards of 2011 and 2014 registrants released in April 2017 about 343 , 742 cards are yet to be claimed .
He also said that of the 72 , 237 cards received in respect of all those who registered in 2017, about 49 , 252 were yet to be collected.
Ezeonu made this known in Owerri at the flag off of a road show embarked by the commission in the state and a media briefing to announce the display of voters register .
He said , “ recently , we received 110 , 627 PVCs for people who registered in the first quarter of 2018 , only a paltry 3 , 096 have so far been collected in the last three weeks , leaving us a balance of 107 , 531 uncollected.
“ All together , a total of 500 , 525 PVCs are yet to be collected in Imo State as at Oct.29 . This is worrisome as no person will be allowed to vote with a temporary voter ’ s card, ” he said.
The REC advised all registered voters , who have not collected their PVCs , to take advantage of INEC deployment to Residential Areas (RAs), go to where they registered with their temporary voters card (TVC ) to collect their PVCs .
“ The commission will ensure that the process of collection is simplified with minimum inconvenience to the citizens of the state .